Interview with S. M. Bailey

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
"My Trip to Alpha I" by Alfred Slote. Still one of my all-time favorites. It's one of the stories that influenced me to want to write my own. I was about eight or nine years old. I can't wait to read it to my boy.
When did you first start writing?
Elementary school. I loved it. I wrote a series of stories about Freddy Krueger from Nightmare on Elm Street when I was like ten or eleven. Never saw the movies because I wasn't allowed, of course. I wish I still had them.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was about an alien invasion. Real primitive. I'm writing a variation of that story now.
Describe your desk
Messy. I have outlines and ideas stacked everywhere. A lot of them not so good...
What is your writing process?
I outline my ideas first. It helps me to know where I am going. Also, it lets me know how long the story is going to be. Then I just write. My goal is 1500 words a day.
What are you working on next?
I don't know yet. I have two ideas written out to their first acts already and I don't know which one I'm going to exclusively work on.
How do you approach cover design?
I'm an artist at heart. So I draw what I like the cover to look like. I always want something that connects in a symbolic way. Like for "Walking Wounded," the angel on the cover is the victim from the beginning.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
All my stories are connected to where I grew up in Niagara Falls, New York. It's the hub where everything relates back to.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Science, space and what scientists find out about what's going out there. Every day they come closer and close to finding life on Saturn's moons or speeding up space travel. I love that stuff. We're going to find evidence of life in space in my lifetime, I really believe that.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Playing around with my kids. The imagination of a child is golden.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Finishing the story and seeing my vision come to life. It's the same as watching a good movie. And if people want to read my stories, that's a bonus.
Published 2016-08-24.
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Books by This Author

Walking Wounded
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 56,760. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Detective James “Vin” Murdock is still haunted by his first case. But when he is called to a death investigation that is linked to his past, he may have to conquer his demons for good.